With the growing influences of responsible agricultural practices, your cowherd’s health has never been more in the limelight than right now—and that’s not a bad thing. In fact, a healthier herd means healthier beef for consumers, as well as a healthier fund for you at the end of the day. Here’s what we recommend for keeping your cattle in good health.
Give Them Room to Roam
Though it may take up acreage, raising cattle primarily on a pasture versus feedlot is an ethical and healthy decision for your herd. Besides the nutrients cattle receive from grazing on grass, a pasture can help prevent the spread of infectious diseases as cattle are not in tight quarters together like they would be in a feedlot. Plus, pastures can also boost reproduction amongst cattle, allowing room for natural socialization.
Keep up with Vaccinations
When you make an investment, you want to treat it with care and make sure it has the resources needed to grow a profit. Raising livestock is no different. That’s why vaccinations not only protect
cattle, but they protect your financial assets too. Don’t skimp on any of the immunizations needed, including:
- Any deworming rounds
- Blackleg vaccine
- Respiratory vaccines
Choose the Right Feeding Method
It’s true that the tantalizing, iconic marbled ribeye steak you love is achieved through grain feed, yet is it a heart-healthy choice for you and the cow? Though we do eventually grain finish our cattle 60-90 days before culling, our cowherd spends the majority of its time on a pasture grazing on grass.
We prefer this grass-fed, grain-finished feeding method for a few humane reasons. First, cattle are naturally prone to forage, and therefore suggests it is a healthier choice from them as well. Plus, grass-fed allows the meat to be lower in calories and saturated fat as well as higher in protein and healthier fats like Omega-3. Second, too much grain in a bovine’s diet could lead to them becoming sick, and means they’ll be treated with antibiotics. Those are the same antibiotics that can make their way into the steak on your plate.
Raise with Integrity
The best tip one could give from one breeder to another is the healthiest herds are made up of cattle that come from a long line of proven pedigrees and have strong, elite genes. In our cowherd, we pride ourselves on sires and donors that match that exact description and are available to AI and embryo transplants.